A senator who was serving a suspension after falling out with fellow lawmakers and people described by the Nigerian Senate as “armed hoodlums” are being blamed for the theft of the assembly’s ceremonial mace.
Pictures shared by photographer Buhari Sallau captured the melee that took place during the incident.
They show the moments after the mace was taken and how officials tried to wrestle it back:
Nigerian police have arrested suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege after he allegedly led a group of protesters to steal the Senate’s mace earlier today.
Several intruders rushed into the upper chamber of the country’s parliament, grabbed the ceremonial staff during a session and fled with it.
The Senate’s spokesperson accused Mr Omo-Ageg of leading the “armed hoodlums”, saying they had committed treason.